Tel Aviv, Israel: An Israeli military source said Wednesday that Israel is examining whether the conditions are appropriate to end its air campaign against Palestinian militants in Gaza, but that it is prepared to carry out “further days” of strikes if required.
“We are looking at when is the right moment for a ceasefire,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The insider went on to say that Israel was assessing if its goal of weakening Gaza’s rulers’ fighting ability had been met.
“The question is whether Hamas understands the message” that its rocket barrages towards Israel cannot recur, added the source.
On May 10, Israel initiated a huge assault of Gaza, immediately after Hamas fired missiles towards Jerusalem in retaliation for Israeli police measures at the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site.
Israel had opted to move beyond limiting reprisal in response to Hamas missile firing, according to the military officer.
“We took it as an opportunity to reduce Hamas’s capacity,” the source said.
The report comes after Israeli PM Netanyahu vowed to step up attacks on Gaza.